Angels come up small against Jays

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Updated: August 24, 2015

It was shaping up to be a statement series. After a miserable road trip to mid-west, the Angels were able to return to the Big A and more importantly the win column. Things were certainly looking bright as the Halos took three of four from a White Sox team that had just swept them a week prior. With this re-emergence of confident baseball, the Angels welcomed the red hot Blue Jays, and the battle for Wild Card supremacy could start to become a little clearer. After this three game set things have become clearer, the Blue Jays have retaken the lead in the AL East and the Angels have been leap-frogged by the Texas Rangers in both the AL West and Wild Card race. Yes, those Rangers who were dead in the water in the month of July. However, unlike the Halos, the Rangers took a chance and acquired ace pitcher Cole Hamels from the Phillies. I don’t necessarily believe that Hamels was ever in the sights of the Angels brass, but what I can say is look how great that team has responded. Hamels, who brings a veteran presence along with a World Series ring, is surely a welcome member of that Ranger clubhouse.

Here’s a more graphic look :

July:

Texas Rangers: (10-14) Runs Scored: 106 Runs Allowed: 153

L.A. Angels: (14-10) Runs Scored: 132 Runs Allowed: 84

Some solid numbers from the Angels there, and sure maybe the record should have been a little better considering their run differential was +48. Now, with the July trading deadline in which the Rangers acquired an All-Star caliber veteran, and the Angels acquired, well three players.

      August:

Texas Rangers: (14-7) Runs Scored: 100 Runs Allowed: 82

L.A. Angels: (8-14) Runs Scored: 65 Runs Allowed: 115

   This tells me that at the trade deadline, the Rangers addressed a major issue, being runs scored, and the Angels, whom many knew were weak offensively, only managed to acquire bench players at best. The proof is in the pudding and if the Angels completely collapse during the final stretch, a poor showing or unwillingness to make moves could be the number one culprit.

Having said all of this, there is still time for the Angels to find some of last seasons magic and make a memorable push in September. For as bad as things have gone for the Halos this month, they only sit 5.5 games back in the AL West and just a game and a half back of Wild Card spot #2, which is currently held by the Rangers. If we look ahead to late August and early September, the Angels could have a favorable schedule if they can erase those road game woes they have yet to shake. Tomorrow, they will open a three game set against the Detroit Tigers, who are also currently on a three game losing skid. After the Tiger series, the Halos will travel to Cleveland and then Oakland to take on the Indians and Athletics, respectively. All three of these series can be won, but considering the Angels latest issues with winning on the road, nothing is for certain. There is one thing thats for certain though, the Angels absolutely cannot have a repeat of the last road trip in which they were only able to manage one victory in seven games. If that happens, any chance of October baseball will be nothing but a pipe dream.

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